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Containment on Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie bumped up to 40 percent

Firefighters on Thursday continued making good headway in containing the 120-acre Trumpeter Fire burning in the Point MacKenzie area of the Mat-Su Valley. As of 5 p.m., the fire had not increased in size and containment had bumped up from 25 to 40 percent. Fire managers were expecting more containment before the end of shift […]

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Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie 25% contained; firefighters making good progress

An approximately 120-acre wildfire burning in the Point MacKenzie area of the Mat-Su Valley is 25 percent contained and more than 50 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are continuing work to increase containment. The Trumpeter Fire is burning in a remote area off South Trumpeter Drive in Point MacKenzie, approximately 20 miles southwest […]

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Mat-Su firefighters responding to second grass fire in two days in Point MacKenzie area

UPDATE – 10 p.m. – Firefighters are making good progress getting a hose line around the perimeter of the Trumpeter Fire. The latest size estimate is 50 acres and the fire is 25% contained. A second helicopter has been added to assist with suppression efforts. Structure protection measures have been put in place for the […]

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Southeast Alaska exempted from May 1 statewide burn permit suspension

The Alaska Division of Forestry will exempt Southeast Alaska from a planned May 1 statewide burn permit suspension, as the region’s weather, fuel types and fire history put it at less risk of wildland fire than mainland Alaska. “Most of Southeast Alaska is composed of coastal rainforest where wildfires have a very difficult time starting […]

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Despite heavy snow melt, Deshka Landing hot spots still smoldering

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office continues to monitor multiple hot spots that overwintered inside the perimeter of the 2019 Deshka Landing Fire near the Nancy Lake Recreation Area south of Willow. Two Mat-Su Area wildland fire technicians checked the area via snowmachine on Friday, April 17 and found 11 small hot spots […]

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State Forestry monitoring hot spots that overwintered from Deshka Landing Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring several hot spots from last summer’s Deshka Landing Fire near Willow that have been reported over the course of the winter. The first reports of smoke and smoldering were provided by trail groomers in January and DOF has received additional reports of smoke and smoldering in the same […]

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Grass fire started by discarded cigarette near Homer illustrates dry conditions on southern Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to a small grass fire near Homer on Wednesday that was ignited by a discarded cigarette butt. It was the first wildfire of the season on the Kenai Peninsula and illustrates how dry conditions are on the southern Peninsula around Homer, which […]

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Forestry to suspend all burn permits starting May 1 due to COVID-19

The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will suspend all burn permits – both small- and large-scale – effective at midnight on April 30, in anticipation of the impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s wildland firefighting resources this summer. The use of burn barrels, the burning of debris piles, and any other outdoor burning activity authorized under […]

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State permits will be required for burning, starting April 1

With Alaska’s wildfire season officially starting on April 1, the Division of Forestry reminds Alaskans that they must have a current burn permit from the division to burn debris or use burn barrels anywhere in the state. Debris that can be burned includes organic material such as leaves, brush, grass, clippings, untreated wood, paper and […]

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State Forestry releases 2020 Red Card and Refresher class schedules

The Alaska Division of Forestry has released its schedule of Basic Firefighter and Fireline Safety Refresher classes for the 2020 wildland fire season. Anyone interested in working as a Division of Forestry wildland firefighter or any support roles associated with wildland firefighting must possess an Incident Qualification Card, commonly called a Red Card, in accordance with the […]

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